Psoriatic Arthritis Specialist

Christi M. Kenyon, M.D. -  - Rheumatology

Christi M. Kenyon, M.D.

Rheumatology & Internal Medicine located in Seattle, WA

Are you suffering from psoriatic arthritis? If you are living with psoriasis, you have a 30% higher chance of developing psoriatic arthritis as well. Christi M. Kenyon, MD -- a doctor with nearly 30 years' experience who practices in Seattle -- helps diagnose and determine a treatment plan that’s best for you and your lifestyle. Call Dr. Kenyon today or request an appointment online.

Psoriatic Arthritis Q & A

What is psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriasis is a chronic disease that forms red patches with silvery scales on your skin. Living with this condition makes you more susceptible to suffering from psoriatic arthritis, a form of arthritis that occurs due to your immune system attacking its healthy cells and tissue.

This immune response leads to inflammation in your joints as well as overproduction of skin cells. Patients who have psoriasis lesions on their nails are especially likely to develop psoriatic arthritis.

What types of symptoms can you expect with psoriatic arthritis?

The most common symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include joint pain, stiffness, and swelling.

You can experience these symptoms from your fingertips to your spine to your toes, and they can range from mild to severe. Some people only experience the disease on one side of their body.

You may experience disease flare-ups with periods of remission, which means that symptoms only occur at certain times.

How is psoriatic arthritis diagnosed?

No one test can diagnose psoriatic arthritis. However, a few tests can rule out other causes of joint pain, like rheumatoid arthritis or gout, for example. You can expect Dr. Kenyon to do the following during your appointment:

  • Carefully examine your joints for signs of swelling or tenderness
  • Check your fingernails for pitting, flaking and other abnormalities
  • Press on the soles of your feet and around your heels to check for tender areas

She may order the following tests to help diagnose your condition:

  • Imaging tests: X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Laboratory tests: rheumatoid factor (RF), joint fluid test

How can you treat psoriatic arthritis?

Although there isn’t a cure for psoriatic arthritis, Dr. Kenyon can formulate a treatment plan to manage your inflammation and pain. Common medications include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha)

Depending on your condition, Dr. Kenyon may use steroid injections or joint replacement surgery to treat your symptoms.

If you think you have psoriatic arthritis, call Dr. Kenyon or request an appointment online.

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